MOTEL Adelaide


Date: Saturday 1st June

Time: 6pm

Venue: Marine and Harbours Building

293 St Vincents Street, Port Adelaide


General Admission and Student / Concession tickets available

SKU: N/A Category:

Road trips without air conditioning, collapsing folding beds, Paddle pop sticks stuffed down the back seat of the car, minor injuries from tripping over a guy rope, variety packs of cereal, sunburn on sunburn, a banana lounge for a bed in an annexe, Chinese restaurants in country town, a room key and a carton of milk.


Join Tim Ross and Kit Warhurst for their brand new live show, the follow up to their award winning Man About the House show. Step into the original condition 1978 brutalist building – Marine and Harbours Building at Dock One Port Adelaide, for a nostalgic, thought provoking and funny exploration of Australian holidays of the past. Using story telling and song they will take you on a sentimental motel journey.


This show will be performed in the foyer of this classic yet empty building, which is about to undergo renovations to become a boutique hotel.

Marine and Harbours Building, Port Adelaide – 1978

Brief history

In 1966, the Department of Marine and Harbours (DMH) was established to oversee the workings at Port Adelaide. The DMH relocated when the Marine and Harbours building was constructed in 1978 as its new headquarters, bringing together staff from three separate locations. Located in the commercial centre of the port, the building was the focal point for port and marine authority matters. The modern accommodation was intended to facilitate conference with port users, reflecting the department’s emphasis on its role as a commercial enterprise.

The building closed and has been empty since 1996. In last few years, the Marine and Harbour building has been used occasionally by South Australian StarForce defence team for training exercises.


Starfish plans

Starfish Developments gained development approval to renovate and repurpose the derelict Marine and Harbours building as a boutique hotel. Starfish will be retaining some of the key architectural and design elements to create a strong warehouse look and feel, with respect to the Brutalist theme of exposed concrete and utilitarian styling which became popular in the 1970s.

Elements remaining will include :

  • External board form concrete
  • External wall art should structural works allow so
  • Timber ceiling and large can lights in the hotel lobby on ground floor
  • Retro numbering above lift doors on all levels
  • High ceilings with exposed services to underside of slabs in hotel suites

Additional information

Adelaide Dates

Sat 1 June, 6PM – General Admission, Sat 1 June, 6PM – Student / Concession


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